Velociraptor sound great on record but really need to be experienced live. They’re apparently a twelve-piece, but at The Rev ten players (including both members of DZ Deathrays) took to the stage. They all performed with a rambunctious, infectious energy, swapping instruments roles regularly, everyone singing along (whether there was a microphone in front of them or not). The highlights of their aggressive, garage/surf rock set were “Riot” and “Cynthia.”
Velociraptor galvanised the room with their dynamism, but Bleeding Knees Club did the opposite, sapping energy with a lacklustre performance. The bulk of their set sounded like the same song performed repeated without enthusiasm; it was redeemed partly by some meatier tracks at the end but was, on the whole, a disappointment.
DZ Deathrays are always impressive live: last night was no different. The mix was exemplary; they may have only been a duo but they sounded huge, larger than the ten-piece had. They opened with “Dollar Chills,” imbued with a ferocity that filled the room. Sadly, age and money catches up with us all, and (having seen them live twice already this year) my partner and I had to leave the venue mid-set to catch the last train home.